This soulful series celebrates various albums from the iconic Stax Records label, showcasing its enduring musical legacy, as well as its influence on Memphis, TN. Starting with Melting Pot from Booker T. & the M.G.’s., who as the longtime house band for Stax, not only helped shape the label’s iconic sound, but also backed sessions by some of the biggest acts of the ’60s—from Otis Redding and Carla Thomas, to Sam & Dave and Wilson Pickett. The premiere episode of The Memphis Masters focuses on 1971’s Melting Pot, which marked the group’s final studio album to feature their classic lineup (Booker T. Jones on keyboards, Steve Cropper on guitar, Donald “Duck” Dunn on bass and Al Jackson Jr. on drums). Praised as one of the band’s best albums by Rolling Stone and All Music, Melting Pot is comprised entirely of original material and finds the instrumental powerhouse digging deep into expansive jams, including the eight-minute-long title track, which became an underground hit and drove the album up to No. 2 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
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Booker T. & the M.G.’s Melting Pot 180-gram vinyl reissue out now! Available at: https://found.ee/BookerT-Me...
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Directed by Andrew Trent Fleming of thefilmjerk media
Executive Producers: Brandon Seavers and Laura Sáez
Producers: Catrina Traylor, Jeff Powell, and Andrew Trent Fleming
Consulting Producer: Michele Smith
In Partnership with: Craft Recordings, Stax Records, Memphis Pressing Plant and Memphis Tourism with special thanks to Take Out Vinyl